Live Vibe Music (LVM) is as the name suggests is all about keeping music live fresh meaningful and original.
Maintaining a healthy respect of music requires not only competent musicians but arguably more importantly educating communities in the value of creative pursuit by encouraging opportunity to intellectualise explore & express in an organic way that is appropriate safe & above all FUN
Each individual carries a story with a message that needs expression born out of experiences within their community & on multiple levels. To honour the stories is showing respect to the diversity of humanity.
Our philosophy of being invisible to the project is our hallmark – we retain no copyright or claim to ANY project we develop & you will never see our names attached to outcomes, just a logo. We are facilitators or guides for community expression & the outcome/s belong to the community. Our only request is to use the outcomes for promotional purpose.
The impetus of LVM is heart felt to give/offer:
– voice to often marginalised groups to self express & present their, opinions & creativity for positive growth for self & or others
– keep original music alive & accessible in peoples minds by encouraging creative thought through songwriting & music making
– support to music makers at schools, festivals, community services, community groups, youth, indigenous etc
When offering voice to others LVM most often enter a room of complete strangers and dive together into a mutual experience of uncertainty to surface with an outcome that manifests in song & film with a very satisfied sense of achievement from all participants.
Project outcomes are often the result of limited time frames & with groups of little or no experience in multi-media or creative arts.
– write & record a song in the morning & shoot the film footage in the afternoon.
The leap of faith is at the precipice of learning as it engages all the senses & LVM shows no fear by example.
It’s crazy but it works & we have become really good at building trust & rapport with groups very quickly.
This formula is very successful & popular with a diverse range of project concepts & varied groups.
Among the many projects we have facilitated: following are just a few:
– preschoolers in Sydney creating ‘stranger danger’ songs,
– strong message health projects in remote indigenous communities,
– a unique project was working with senior citizens & a youth flexi school collaborating on hip hop songs,
all with outstanding results. (see previous project list)
We have developed numerous ways to facilitate songwriting & it is not limited to ANY genre & even better if participants have the musical skills however we are not limited if they don’t, in fact there is no limits, we have written songs with non english speaking students studying English language & many Indigenous language communities. Music transcends spoken language limitations.
The innovation is in using the recording studio as the participants feel they are the directors of their outcome. They ‘build’ their songs, select the genre, tempo, key & instruments so the creative input supports the groups ownership of the outcome while at the same time teaching by DOING how to write, create songs & work collaboratively.
In many remote projects to encourage & support women to embrace technology, expression & develop their musicality has been a focus & this has been embraced by women & female youth in all communities with great & enthusiastic outcomes.
Practice of collaboration fosters healthy relationships by way of navigating respectfully through the creative process & considering the potential dialogue & conflicts that can arise during that process makes it good practice indeed.
Another observation of our project work is that participants open up & feel safe to express in the creative environment. The act of writing a song invites expression while at the same time the group dynamic of discussion around the issues at hand facilitates awareness that generates deeper participant understanding and provides new ways to articulate experience.
LVM Directors Kaeleen Hunter & Angelika Heinrich bring an open mind an open heart a wealth of experiences & all the tech gadgets & skills required to fulfil the outcomes of each project they are invited to participate in.
Kaeleen is a live sound engineer with a background in computing so the logical extension of these skills was to embrace studio technology to give LVM songwriting workshops the added bonus of recording & producing CD outcomes. Having recorded numerous CDs in various musical incarnations she knows what it takes.
Kaeleens skills have been so recognised that she has also been engaged by numerous remote Indigenous communities such as: Yirrkala, Groote Eylandt, Boroloola & Roebourne to set up portable recording studios & mentor young people in the use of the studio recording equipment & production techniques. A recording studio offers community unlimited access for expression. Having a studio does not just mean music it’s also radio shows, language, cultural history & story telling. It can all be recorded.
Angelikas has the graphic & visual skills; with a degree in drama, media, film & arts & drives the visual presence of LVM & mettaphor.
Adding film clips to the songs have become an integral & popular aspect of the projects we do. Dramatic expression & body work has not only bought a powerful visual presence to the songs but more importantly a really valuable form of self expression & tool for confidence building.
As for songwriting a similar approach to the film making is used whereby participants have the option to film the footage & have input into the direction & process of the outcomes.
Angelikas vocal & melodic talent is tantamount to the confidence building of participants & their willingness to express creatively & melodically with voice (give it a go).
Music passion, community & technology has taken LVM & mettaphor on an epic journey of discovery & appreciation of lifes diversity.
As musicians keeping a balanced seperation between their own creativity as mettaphor & supporting community expression through Live Vibe Music is very important.
This is what keeps the fire burning & the energy focused on their goal:
– original music
– creative expression
– strong message projects.
The creative entities of Mettaphor & Live Vibe Music have a great symbyotic relationship
they nourish each other on many levels & in many ways.